Casillas drops out of race for Spanish FA presidency

first_imgRelatedPosts Spain legend, Casillas, retires at 39 Casillas bids discreet farewell to Porto Casillas eyes Spanish FA job Spain’s World Cup-winning captain Iker Casillas withdrew his candidacy for the role of president of the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) on Monday.While announcing his withdrawal through a statement, the former national goalkeeper said elections should take a back seat during the exceptional circumstances in the country. Casillas’ withdrawal means incumbent Luis Rubiales, who took over from Angel Maria Villar in May 2018, is set to be re-elected unopposed in August with a four-year mandate.In a statement, Casillas said the main reason he reconsidered his candidacy was the “exceptional social, economic and health situation that our country is suffering”.Spain is one of the countries in Europe worst-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 27,000 deaths and over 260,000 confirmed cases.“This makes the elections take a back seat,” the 39-year-old Casillas said on Twitter. “I think it is time to add and not divide, because football and society need it.”Casillas, who led Spain to unprecedented success as they won Euro 2008 and Euro 2012 plus the 2010 World Cup, announced in February that he would run for the RFEF presidency. He said he wanted to raise the standards of the national federation.Casillas has however not closed the door on a future presidential bid, saying he hopes to be part of the next electoral process.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Drop OutIker CasillasSpanish FA Presidencylast_img read more

Chase Scanlan named ACC Player of the Week after electric debut

first_imgAfter scoring seven goals in his first game with Syracuse, attack Chase Scanlan was named Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Week. That total broke the record for most goals by a player in their SU debut and helped the Orange breeze past Colgate, 21-14.His first tally came midway through the first quarter when second-line midfielder Lucas Quinn threw a pass that gave Scanlan space to work with on the left side. The sophomore’s shot blew past Colgate goalie Sean Collins.All together, the Orange’s offense under first-year coordinator Pat March generated 65 shots against the Raiders. Scanlan’s seven goals on 12 shots were the most scores since Dylan Donahue in 2015. Scanlan was recruited primarily as a finisher from Loyola, where he led midfielders with 43 goals last year.And that’s what he did, corralling passes from fellow attack Stephen Rehfuss and converting on four of them, including one less than three minutes into the third quarter that snapped a 4-0 Colgate run.“You gotta do this every week now,” head coach John Desko joked to Scanlan after the game. “We wanted to get Chase here and we used 22 as one of the reasons to get him here, and so far he’s stepped right into that role.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse next plays on Saturday when Binghamton comes to the Carrier Dome at 2 p.m. Comments Published on February 11, 2020 at 11:19 am Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @CraneAndrew Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more